Monday, December 14, 2009

Life Links 12/14/09

The UK’s Telegraph reports on a the success of a treatment using a breast cancer patient’s own stem cells to help replace lost or damaged breast tissue.
For the latest study, one of the largest of its kind, a team led by Dr Eva Weiler-Mithoff from Glasgow Royal Infirmary, gave 32 cancer patients the stem cell treatment.

Their results, presented at a breast cancer conference this weekend in Texas, show no dangers with the treatment and that the vast majority of patients were happy with the results.
The treatment also reduced the pain that patients felt.

Around six months after the treatment 73 per cent of patients said that they were satisfied with the result.

A man in Australia with multiple sclerosis is walking again after being treated with his own stem cells.
Ben Leahy, 20, was diagnosed with the disease in 2008 and ended up in intensive care at one point with respiratory failure after his condition deteriorated rapidly.

He was in a wheelchair and also had sight problems when he underwent the procedure earlier this year but today he is walking and recovering well.

University of Pittsburgh’s student government has reversed a previous decision and will now provide funds for the campus’ students for life group to attend the March for Life.

A married couple in Pennsylvania are suing the Milton Hershey School because they were fired from being house parents after telling the school they were pregnant with their fourth child.

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